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On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting. In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones, and bricks that broke windows and doors. The police were unable to … Continue reading

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Taxpayers sued New York City’s Board of Education in order to challenge a policy that permitted students to leave school during the day to attend religious instruction elsewhere. No public funds were used and no religious instruction took place on … Continue reading

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In 1956 the State Department refused to act upon applications for passports filed by American citizens, Rockwell Kent and Walter Briehl, who were allegedly affiliated with the Communist Party. Both men sued. The District Court dismissed their case, and the … Continue reading

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On January 25-26, 1966, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections. The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax (or fee) … Continue reading

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On December 10, 1973, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Lau v. Nichols. Non-English-speaking Chinese students claimed that the San Francisco School District failed to provide them with English instruction violating the 14th Amendment and the Civil Rights Act … Continue reading

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A physician and the Executive Director of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Connecticut were convicted of violating a state law that prohibited the prescribing of birth control to married couples. They appealed their convictions to the United States Supreme Court.  … Continue reading

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On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting. In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones and bricks that broke windows and doors. The police were unable to … Continue reading

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In 1956 the State Department refused to act upon applications for passports filed by American citizens, Rockwell Kent and Walter Briehl, who were allegedly affiliated with the Communist Party.  Both men sued.  The District Court dismissed their case, and the … Continue reading

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On this date in 1966 the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Harper v. Virginia Board of Elections.  The Court was asked to decide if the State of Virginia could require their citizens to pay a poll tax … Continue reading

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On January 19, 1980, former Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas passed away. From 1939-1975, he served on our highest court.  Watch this informative interview with him at https://goo.gl/I63lRd— he speaks quite candidly about his judicial philosophy.

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Remembering Civil Rights Activist Mary Church Terrell

Mary Church Terrell was an African-American civil rights activist. She fought to desegregate Washington D.C.  In 1949 she and others visited a segregated popular restaurant, John R. Thompson Co., Inc.  As expected, the restaurant refused to serve those who weren’t … Continue reading

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On this date in 1965 the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark right-to-privacy case Griswold v. Connecticut.  Learn more about this case @ http://bit.ly/1JB1VSG.

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On This Date in Legal History

On February 7, 1946, Arthur Terminiello delivered a controversial speech at a Christian Veterans of America meeting.  In response to the views he expressed, protesters threw rocks, stones and bricks that broke windows and doors.  The police were unable to … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

Taxpayers sued New York City’s Board of Education in order to challenge a policy that permitted students to leave school during the day to attend religious instruction elsewhere. No public funds were used and no religious instruction took place on … Continue reading

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On This Date in Legal History

In 1941 Smith Betts, an unemployed farmhand who was not well educated, was indicted on a robbery charge in a Maryland courthouse. He was poor and unable to afford an attorney so he asked the Court to appoint one. The … Continue reading

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